By ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s track and field team once again had a weekend of record-times April 23-25, where part of the team competed at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
Three Colonels stood out on day one of the relay, starting with senior Una Britton in the women’s 10,000 meters. Britton broke Eastern’s school record with a time of 35:07.68, which put her in third place. She is the second Colonel to break a school record in the past six days.
Sophomore Ambrose Maritim also performed in record time with a personal-best time of 14:02.38 in the men’s 5,000. The second-place finish was also an OVC best. Meanwhile, senior Wade Meddles took on the men’s 10,000 meters with an OVC second-best time of 29:51.64.
Day two of the relay went much like the first day, only this time freshman Carina Schrempf stepped into the spotlight. Schrempf competed in the women’s 800 meters and finished sixth with a personal-best and OVC-best time of 2:07.61. This is the third fastest time for women’s outdoors 800 meters in Eastern’s history.
The final day of competition saw two-time defending OVC mile champion Julie Mathisen racing in the 1,500 meters. The junior improved on her previous 4:28.63 time and moved on to an OVC-best 4:27.72. Mathisen is now ranked first in the OVC in 1,500 meters and third in the 800 meters with a 2:09.50 time.
The other half of Eastern’s track and field team was scheduled to compete at the Bellarmine Classic on Saturday but could not compete due to inclement weather.
The Colonels will split again May 2 to compete at the Kentucky Relays in Lexington and the Payton Jordan Invitational in Stanford, Calif.